I had the great pleasure of presenting Happiness through Laughter at the Employer Engagement Day for the +100 staff of the Child Early Intervention Medical Center andChild Learning and Enrichment Medical Center on 12 March 2016.
It was wonderful to see the staff which were from all over the world interact and laugh together – this is one of the main benefits for laughter – it unites us. Laughter has no culture, religion, race or color – you can laugh with no restrictions yay!! In these times where we are all far from our families and working with people we may not share the same views with, laughter is the key to connecting us.
One way to break the ice is through laughter, when things get tense at work because of a misunderstanding just laugh through it and see the difference in the atmosphere.
One thing that is so important to do is to learn to laugh at ourselves. We are all human – sorry to break the news to you HEHEHEHE but we all make mistakes. Being able to laugh at ourselves relieves the pressure and stops us being so hard on ourselves. This will also help us to come up with the solution a lot quicker than if we start criticizing ourselves and damaging our self worth.
Also, being upfront and honest about who we really are and our capabilities will allow us to seek help and clarity if we let them out and don’t hide them or cover them up. It is perfectly ok to say – I messed up please help me. YAY!!
It was wonderful meeting the founder and CEO of the Child Early Intervention Medical Center andChild Learning and Enrichment Medical Center. Amazing that she cares enough about her staff to bring me in to add laughter to their lives. Laughter has so many health benefits and can really make a huge difference to productivity, team building, creativity and general mood at work. Stress is a killer and that is no laughing matter – but it should be HAHAHA!!
I had the great privilege to Speak at the Best Practice Awards held with Dubai Quality Group and the Department of Economic Development last week. In line with HH Sheikh Mohammed’s new Happiness
initiative, I showed the 400+ delegates the power of laughter in the aim to BE Happy.
Being HAPPY is a choice, and I made this choice a few years ago and have never looked back. Changing your reaction to events will change the outcome. Through Laughter Wellness exercises this is possible and will change your general feeling. It is good at work and at home and can help you in your quest to find happiness.
I look forward to sharing my GIFT of Laughter with you and your organization. Please feel free to contact me. +971 8041393 Jo-Dee
I had the great honor to ‘Speak’ about the Benefits of Laughter’ with the Ladies of Brest Friends Cancer Survivors a couple of weeks ago.
What an amazing time laughing with these strong woman . I am so grateful for the experience and loved the reminder of why I do what I do! Laughter is a powerful tool yay!!
I shared with them about the wonderful benefits of laughter and how it can change their mood and help them through he tough times. How to deal with difficult results and challenging situations. How to change their reactions to turn things into a positive outcome.
The wonderful lady who organized the event had this to say which really touched my heart.
Feeling down? Positive Psychology Coach Lesley Lyle believes that laughter holds the key to happiness. Usually, we laugh because we’re happy, but the latest scientific research suggest that through the act of laughing, we can make ourselves happy.
‘Yesterday was not a good day. I know really, days are neither good or bad, it’s just our perception, but that’s how it felt. I had several unpleasant tasks to do, emails to write and I started the day ‘out of sorts’.
Luckily I recognized the warning signs that I could, if not careful, talk myself into having a rotten day with mood to match. So I did what any sensible person would do; I enlisted the help of a good friend who always makes me feel better. That friend was laughter.
The latest scientific research suggests that when we laugh we change our brain chemistry and we feel better. The wonderful news, if you didn’t already know, is that our body doesn’t differentiate between that joyful, spontaneous laughter that you share with friends when you are enjoying yourself, and laughter done as a simple exercise. You can laugh even when you feel miserable and if you persist you will significantly improve your mood.
I have been practicing laughter as an exercise for several years and I have the advantage of knowing, without doubt, that this works. But the great thing about Laughter Yoga is anyone can do it and improve their day. You may not end up feeling euphoric but you will certainly feel better than when you started.
Try these 6 simple exercises to positively improve your mood. You might feel a bit awkward at first but if you are on your own it doesn’t really matter does it? And once you get your ‘happy chemicals’ going you might no longer care. Try to achieve at least 3 minutes of laughter, loud and hearty laughter is the most effective. You can repeat them more often if you wish.
6 ways to improve your day with laughter
1. Begin by taking a laughter shower or bath. Experiment with different laughter sounds as you wash each part of your body. Pretend that you are extremely ticklish if it helps.
2. Decide that you will laugh every time you make a mistake – dropping something, forgetting something, bumping into something. You may be surprised how much laughter this generates over the course of a day!
3. If you have to drive, laugh every time you stop at traffic lights and don’t stop until they turn green. If they are green when you get to them, shout ‘YES!’ as you go through them and laugh in celebration. The thought of this may make you feel embarrassed but the actual experience is so fun and uplifting that you won’t care! If you have children in the car, get them to join in. Children are the laughter experts of the world.
4. Quietly sing the words ho, ho, ha, ha, hee, hee to a tune you know and do this whenever you do any physical task, i.e. go to the bathroom, walk out to the car, make a cup of tea. With practice this can become a useful unconscious habit.
5. If you are lucky enough to have a ‘laughter friend’ (someone to ring and laugh with without needing to talk) ring them at least twice during the day. If not, then use your mobile phone and pretend to be talking to someone who is telling you a really funny story. Phrases like ‘he did WHAT?!’ , ‘I can’t believe it!’, may prompt more laughter. This exercise can be done walking through the office, down the street or at home. Dare yourself to try it on public transport and watch the effect your laughter has on others – you might get some pretty funny reactions!
6. Use laughter as a response to questions like ‘have you finished that yet?’, ‘Is dinner ready?’, ‘Have you had a good day?’ Or if you are on your own, dance for the duration of one song on the radio whilst laughing.
If you do these 6 simple exercises you will have experienced a minimum of 18 minutes of laughter throughout your day, on a day when you may not normally have laughed once. You don’t need to worry about the mismatch between your frame of mind and your action, nature will do the rest and you might just improve the day for other people too.
So the next time you’re feeling a bit low give laughter a try and see if it becomes your best friend too ☺’
Lesley Lyle has made laughter her business, blending the discipline of laughter yoga with exercises you can use every day. Arming you with the ability to see the funny-side to every situation, Lesley’s approach will help you face life with a smile! Discover more about her unique approach atwww.laughterbusiness.com
Laugh Your Way to Happiness by Lesley Lyle
256 pages • Paperback • £8.99
The first Canada Laughter Yoga Conference held in Toronto, Ontario, has been substantially approved of from the responses of participants. The weekend of November 9th and 10th firmly established the presence of Laughter Yoga International in Canada with the participation of founders Dr. Madan and Madhuri Kataria presenting a keynote address on Saturday evening, followed by an advanced training seminar on the Sunday morning.
Linda Leclerc – Master Trainer for Laughter Yoga International in Canada provided full support in contributing to the success of the weekend in addition to the outstanding efforts from everyone involved in arranging and organising the event.
Registrants arrived from many of the provinces of Canada, USA and United Kingdom and as far away as Dubai (U.A.E.).
A superb lineup of presenters shared their knowledge, skill and experience. Live music and dancing provided a party atmosphere before the close of the first day which culminated in a resonant gong meditation given by Sophie Terrasse.
Sunday afternoon provided space for those who wished to speak to the assembly and concluded with comments and recommendations for ways to further enhance the association of Laughter Clubs, Laughter Leaders and Teachers within the growing network of practitioners of Laughter Yoga.
A special announcement from Dr. Kataria stated Canada Laughter Yoga Conference 2014 will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Preparations will begin shortly.
The closing ceremony brought everyone together for laughter blessings and cheer before parting and farewells, although the fun was far from being over.
Albert Nerenberg – creator of the hit movie Laughology, provided the ultimate finale in co-ordinating a coinciding presentation: ‘The Great Canadian Laughing Championships’
with Dr. Madan Kataria opening the proceedings in the culmination of a series of laughing contests held in various regions to find the most outstanding laugher in Canada. Toronto Laughter Yoga Teacher, Gary Johnston took the title under challenging conditions in a field of highly motivated contestants. Very good, very good, yayyy….
A compilation of footage and camera stills combined with a fuller report on the conference will be available in the near future.
photo credit: Frank Pasquill (Toronto).